The Walkabout Orchestra

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The Walkabout Orchestra: Postcards From Around The World written and illustrated by Chloe Perarnau.
Published by Allen & Unwin
Date: 21 February 2018
R.R.P. $24.99

 

 

When this gem arrived in the mail I was rather excited, I have always been a fan of the Where’s Wally type of books and this one sure didn’t disappoint.  The Walkabout Orchestra Postcards from around the World, is a beautiful book where children can learn about what instruments are in an orchestra, can read about which part of the world they are in, and find them among the sea of many other people.

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Each page is from a different part of the world, the members of the orchestra are scattered across the globe and the Maestro and his assistant must find each one of them for a very important concert.  As you assist the Maestro and his assistant to find them through the clues on the postcard, there is also a small yellow bird encouraging you to find other things on the page such as a donkeys and sheep.

If you have trouble deciphering the clues, there is a picture of each of the instruments and their player on one of their first pages.  This book is not only good for children’s (and adults) visual perception, memory and attention, but also to gain knowledge and an interest in instruments such as the violin, piano, cello and bassoon.

This is author/illustrator Chloe Perarnau first book and she has certainly made her mark with her unique drawings and colour palette.  I like that this book is artistic and whimsical and I look forward to seeing what else she may bring us readers in the future.

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This book is recommend for ages 5-8, but really anybody that likes to find things would enjoy it.  I personally think this book will make a wonderful addition to your book collection and to libraries.

Thank you to Allen & Unwin and Wide Eyed Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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